At Urban Zen we believe that the one of the most impactful ways to empower children is through education. It is for this reason that we are so honored to have Goldie Hawn as our Foundation Ambassador for the month of November. Not only is Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author and children’s advocate, she is also the founder of The Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives.
Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, and the persistent failure of the education system to help children cope with increasingly stressful lives, Goldie began The Hawn Foundation in 2003 to apply cutting edge scientific research to create education programs that support the social and emotional development of children.
Working with leading neuroscientists, educators and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP™, an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades K-8 that provides children with the tools to help them understand and improve their own emotions, moods and behaviors; reduce stress and anxiety; sharpen concentration; build confidence; increase empathy; and improve academic performance in school. MindUP™ is currently being taught in schools in the United States and Canada.
Goldie is also the author of the best-selling, “A Lotus Grows in the Mud,” and the recently released “Ten Mindful Minutes, Easy Steps to Joy and Mindfulness for Parents and Children.”
Goldie has been honored for her work with children. Among them, in 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presented Goldie with a special award for her work to increase public understanding of mental health.
We are thrilled to celebrate Goldie and her trailblazing approach to children’s empowerment through education that truly embodies the mind, body and spirit.